Piglets Boutique B&B
A welcoming and award-winning sanctuary in the heart of Essex countryside, complete with home-cooked meals, sun-drenched patios, and an eco-swimming pond.
A mere hour from the hustle and bustle of London, you'll discover Piglets Boutique B&B peacefully nestled amongst timeless countryside, in the ancient Essex village of Wimbish.
Mentioned in the Domesday book, Wimbish has the honour of comprising more public footpaths than any other Essex village, so if you enjoy an energising hike through charming rural scenery, you're in serious luck.
However, you'll have to leave the sumptuous confines of Piglets first. And that could prove incredibly difficult, when friendly owners Chrissie and Max have made it their mission to make you feel as relaxed and as cosseted as possible!
For starters, you can choose from five stylish, characterful, en-suite rooms in the former piggery, each sleeping two guests in a downy superking bed (three of which can be made into twins if needed.)
The three ground-floor rooms each feature a private entrance, while the first-floor rooms showcase beautiful views - Ashdon even boasts a private balcony that overlooks the shimmering natural swimming pond.
Steeped in five-star luxury and thoughtful detail, your chosen room includes an espresso machine, home-made biscuits, a Freeview and Netflix-equipped Smart TV, superfast WiFi, and clever motion-sensitive bedroom floor night lights that mean you won't disturb your sleeping partner on late-night loo visits!
Meanwhile, you'll find your indulgent en-suite stocked with complimentary Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries, and snuggly waffle robes.
Refreshments-wise, you'll be offered an irresistibly warm foodie welcome, with a pot of tea and one of Chrissie's mouth-watering home-baked cakes, and you'll also be served a delicious breakfast every morning.
There are also locally sourced deli platters, tapas small boards, even more scrummy cakes, and a menu of hearty evening meals to look forward to, along with a well-stocked, self-service honesty bar (complete with a gin library of no less than 50 gins!) to accompany blazing sunsets out on the Mediterranean patio, or in the Havana Cabana... an opulent, velvet-cushioned smokers' gazebo.
What else? Well, you could take a dip in that long, glorious natural swimming pond, work up a sweat in the mini gym, or head to the games room and unleash your competitive spirit! Max's previous life involved making some of the world's finest board games, so you'll find a selection of these here, along with darts, table tennis, table football, and a full-sized snooker table. Outside, the fun continues with a magnificent competition size Péntanque piste and a summer croquet lawn.
If you must insist on going out, don't forget to order a tasty picnic in a rucksack hamper... the perfect accompaniment to a long country walk. You can also purchase home made produce from the delightful Piglets Pantry.
There's also a wellie library, umbrellas and cagoules to borrow, and Chrissie's warming hot chocolate awaiting your return to Piglets, or as it's sure to become known, your home-from-home in the countryside.
Things to note
Children, pets, and group bookings are not permitted. Check in from 4pm, check out by 11am. There is a 2-night minimum stay during the summer months, and from Thursday to Sunday at all other times.
Region: Saffron Walden, Essex
Cost (from): £150 per night
Sleeps: 2 per room
Bedrooms: 5 guest rooms
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1770
FacilitiesBoutique B&B in a converted barn, 5 rooms each sleeping 2 adult guests.
Widdington (superking or twin), access-friendly private entrance, views to Mediterranean patio, en-suite wet room with walk-in rainfall power shower.
Hempstead (superking or twin), access-friendly entrance, French windows opening to swimming pond, access-friendly en-suite wet room with rainfall power shower.
Radwinter (superking or twin), private access from car park, separate direct access to breakfast room/lounge, en-suite bathroom with bath and power shower.
Sampford (superking), overlooking Mediterranean patio, en-suite bathroom with bath and power shower.
Ashdon (superking), French doors with private balcony overlooking swimming pond, en-suite bathroom with bath and power shower.
All rooms: air conditioning/heating, Egyptian linen and hypoallergenic pillows, Smart TV with Freeview and Netflix, superfast WiFi, Bluetooth DAB radio alarm, motion sensitive bedroom floor night lights, espresso machine, kettle, choice of coffees and fine teas, fresh milk, mini fridge with complimentary filtered water, safe, ironing board/iron, hair dryer, towels, toiletries, waffle robes, full length mirror, magnifying mirror, storage, luggage rack/mat, reserved private parking
On-site: natural swimming pond, furnished patios, mini gym, guest lounge, games room, honesty bar, smokers' gazebo, bike storage food menus, picnic hampers, wellie library, Péntanque - and coming soon, a Croquet lawn.
Walking, cycling, nature watching, historic market towns and villages
At a glance
- A friendly, family-run, adults-only B&B in a former Essex piggery, complete with eco swimming pond and furnished outdoor patios, games room, and mini gym.
- Choose from three ground-floor and two first-floor rooms, each sleeping two guests in a superking or twin.
- All rooms feature luxury en-suite facilities, air conditioning, mood lighting, an espresso machine, and a Smart TV.
- You'll be welcomed with owner Chrissie's delicious home-baked cake, and a tasty breakfast is provided every morning. There are snacks available in the bar and at Piglets Pantry, pre-ordered salads for lunch and deli/tapas platters and small boards for the summer evenings, plus home-cooked meals in the winter months, with all dietary requirements catered for.
- Awarded ‘Boutique B&B of the year for London and the South East' in the 2020/21 Prestige Awards and Travellers Choice Award for 2021 by TripAdvisor.
- Additional services and facilities include an honesty bar, guest lounge, games room, petanque and croquet, bike storage, and pre-ordered picnic hampers to accompany those long country walks!